The timing of phenological events in the life cycle of a tree, such as leaf emergence, flowering time and leaf senescence, is often influenced by temperature and other abiotic factors. As such, these phenological events are expected to be highly sensitive to climate change. Monitoring the phenology of trees can provide insight into the ways that climate change is impacting trees and the ecosystems of which they are a part.
There are 8 protocols that are used to monitor the indicator: Temporal Shifts: Trees. The first three studies on the list below are the most common methods of monitoring in the Northeast region.
The impacts of climate indicators can be measured using different ecological metrics of quantification. The metrics used in a study can affect how it is designed and the questions that it can answer. The information below shows the types of metrics and number of associated protocols that are captured by the data represented in this project.